Equine Aftercare Options


As you may be aware, there have been recent changes to regulations surrounding the removal of a horse’s body after euthanasia. We understand that having to say goodbye to an Equine companion is always difficult. Making a decision regarding aftercare can be difficult too, so we recommend planning ahead. Since May 1, 2018 the available options have shifted multiple times. We will work to keep you informed as the options for aftercare change.

Prior to regulation changes, veterinarians heavily sedated horses then used a controlled drug called pentobarbital for the euthanasia. Trace amounts of pentobarbital was found in pet food, because products produced by rendering companies are oftentimes used in animal feeds. This sparked pet food recalls along with regulation changes for rendering companies. Bailey’s Stock Removal, and all other Wisconsin based renderers will no longer provide aftercare if a horse is chemically euthanized.


Aftercare options currently include:

Burial

Sedation then pentobarbital may still be used when horses are buried. County regulations should be followed when choosing this option.

Everson Excavating

Oregon, WI

608-212-6882 or 608-445-6479

About $300

Cremation

Sedation then pentobarbital may still be used when horses are cremated. The price of cremation will depend on your location in relation to the company providing the service.

Midwest Cremation Service

Poynette, WI

608-635-7270

Private Cremation (ashes returned in wooden urn) $1700-$2000

Group Cremation (ashes not returned) $1200-$1500

Brier Hill Livestock Removal

Cherry Valley, IL

847-652-4839

Group Cremation (ashes not returned) $400-$500

Composting

Sedation then pentobarbital may still be used when horses are composted.

Learn more here

We are more than willing to contact any of the above companies on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding available aftercare options, please reach out to us.